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Marty Stuart plans country music museum

Feb 02,2018
JACKSON, Miss. - Country singer and musician Marty Stuart says he’s planning to develop a museum and performance hall in his Mississippi hometown to display his collection of 20,000 country music artifacts, including handwritten lyrics from Hank Williams.

Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music will be in Philadelphia, about 80 miles northeast of Jackson.

Appearing Wednesday at the state Capitol, Stuart, 59, said international fans are “enchanted and mystified” by Mississippi - the birthplace of rock ‘n roll king Elvis Presley, blues greats B.B. King and Muddy Waters and country music legend Jimmie Rodgers.

“There’s so much legacy and legend that comes from here,” Stuart said.

His collection of artifacts includes a black suit worn by Johnny Cash and boots worn by Patsy Cline.

“My collection for all these years has been a very good-neighbor collection. We’ve loaned things to museums for years and years,” said Stuart, who has items now on display at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

The music curator for the Smithsonian Institution, John Troutman, is on the advisory committee for Stuart’s project. AP